2020 has been a doozy of a year, and there have been times when crawling into a bunker and waiting for it all to pass has been mighty tempting. Turns out a quilted blanket fort is better. Crawl in with a dog and a stuffy and you're bound to feel better. Rosie insists.
Anyway, in March, the pandemic led to me being laid off from my job at the quilt shop. Scary stuff, but as my husband's job is secure I had the luxury of stepping back and taking stock of life. To make a long story short, I took a deep breath and decided to not return to the quilt shop when it reopened. I am concentrating on Canuck Quilter Designs instead.
That was a big change. Though I miss the customers and my co-workers, I'm happy to report that change led to a cascade of small positive changes and I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. As an added bonus, feeling better has given my creativity a much needed boost!
Some of these are almost ready to share. There are 3 pattern releases coming up soon. I have new design ideas simmering, fabric pulled, and I'm excited to start sewing them up.
Between the designing and sewing, I have also been working on the business side of Canuck Quilter. Last week I hit publish on my brand new website! Creating a business website, as opposed to adding pages to the blog, has been on my to-do list for years, and I finally did it. See the little maple leaf favicon in the tab beside the website name? It's ridiculous how happy I was to figure out how to add that little detail. Well, you might need to click through to the site and see it on your own screen, because it's pretty tiny in this screen capture shot.
The blog will still be here at this address, but some other pages are now shared with the website. You can access everything from the tabs below the blog header, and you can access the blog from the tabs on the website. The two will work together, so whether you find me find me at www.canuckquilterdesigns.com or here, you'll be able to access all the same content.
Finally, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter. That's also been simmering a long time, but I'm excited to start sending out quilting inspiration, tips, and occasional subscriber bonuses. At the moment the plan is to send an update out once or twice a month. If this is something you think you'd enjoy finding in your inbox, you can sign up here, or use the form at the bottom of the page or in the sidebar.
If you'd like to get just the new blog posts delivered to your inbox, where they are formatted to be more phone-friendly, you can sign up for that on the sidebar as well.
I'm off to play with fabric now!